This isn’t a new idea. In fact, this time of year, this idea is being passed around all over pinterest. But, I’m not just going to tell you what I did, but how and I’ll give you ideas on putting together your own kit. A date night kit can be a big project; but, break it down, and you can do it! Hopefully, that’s some motivation to put your own gift/kit together for your sweetie.
You know the basics of this: one date for each month of the year. There are various levels of preparation you can choose from. From totally pre-planned and paid for to a collection of ideas that will help you plan the dates sometime in the month or so before you do them.
I gave this kit to Mr Napping for Christmas. We’ve used one of the dates so far (it is barely February, after all) and so far, so good. But, right now we are on a tight budget. I have seen kits that easily cost a couple hundred dollars to put together. I had about a quarter of that to use and had to get creative. So, here’s how I pulled this together.
Our Date Night Kit
– I used 9×12″ Mailing Envelopes to hold each date’s information and extras. There were two that were stuffed pretty full, but the other 10 were mostly flat.
– I introduced Mr Napping to the kit with a little note, explaining what was in the kit and how to use it. My husband has a habit of getting these handmade gifts and letting them sit in the corner, in a closet or under the bed. I told him he better not do that with this one.
– Each date has an information page taped on the front of the envelop, detailing some of the things that would be nice to know, without giving away the date. I’ll go into more detail on that in a few minutes.
– I just tied the envelopes together with baker’s twine and put them in a cardboard box. Then I wrapped it in wrapping paper. But there’s really not a cute container to corral it all. I just didn’t have time or energy during Christmas to figure out something cute.
– There is also an information sheet inside each envelop detailing the date and how to carry it out. Again, I’ll show you those momentarily.
These are the dates I included in our kit. Adjust to what fits your life, schedules, location and family.
– Game Night. We enjoy board and card games, so this envelop had the info sheet introducing the date. It also had a cheap card game I picked up at the thrift store. It was in good condition and I guess we’ll find out if all the cards are there the first time we play it… but for less than a dollar, it was perfect.
– Mini Golf. Mr Napping had a coupon for a free game from a hole-in-one a while back. I put in that coupon and a $5 bill to cover the cost of the other player.
– Movie Night Out. We don’t go to movies often. It’s a treat and this was one of our splurge dates. I was able to use some credit card reward points we had and got a $25 gift card for Fandango. I included another $5 for extra treats. This one will hopefully cost less than $10 out of pocket when we use it. Which is a huge score, considering the last time we went to the theater (almost a year ago…), we handed over almost $35 for tickets and a large popcorn.
– Movie Night In. We enjoy movies on the couch probably more than in the theater. You can wear your pajamas, pause for bathroom or refreshment breaks and there’s no annoying teenagers behind you talking the whole time or a seven year old kicking the back of your chair. I made up fake movie tickets and included those in the envelop.
– Dinner Out. This was another splurge, although we do this more often than the movies. I used some more of our credit card rewards to get a $25 gift card to Outback Steakhouse. I also included $15 in cash as well. This is the date we did in January. The gift card and extra cash covered our meal and half the tip.
– Game Night. We have a Wii console we enjoy. This makes for a fun night together, a little good-natured competition. And it’s more interactive than watching a movie.
– Fondue Night. This one has a couple options. It can be a whole dinner with cheese fondue and bread for appetizers followed by an oil fondue to cook meat in and concluding with a dessert fondue. Or we’l just pick and choose what we want to do as the date gets closer.
– Nerf Gun War. We invested in four of the basic models about a year ago and they are a blast, I think it cost us about $25 for all four. This envelop included a new pack of darts, to help replenish the ones we lost when Little J was teething and thought they made good chew toys. They don’t shoot so well after they’ve been soggy and chomped to death.
– Romantic Night. This was the envelop I wrote “For your eyes only!” on the seal, hoping that would be clue enough to my husband that he shouldn’t open that one while our parents were sitting there, watching us open gifts. A new little lacy something, a small bottle of bubble bath, some lotion, some intimacy items and candles and chocolates, of course, filled this envelop.
– Shooting. We enjoy some good target practice and are lucky enough to live about a block and a half from some BLM land. We can get a sitter and go out for a couple hours for the cost of ammo and gas in the ATV’s.
– Sonic Slushie Date. We are regulars at the drive-in chain, especially during the hot summers in the desert. I included a $15 gift card in this envelop, but it actually only cost me $11. You can reload Sonic gift cards and we still had a few dollars on one that we’d previously been gifted, so I just added my $11 to what was already on the card and called it good. We could get dinner for the whole family or several trips for slushies out of the $15.
– Spa Night. This envelop included some massage oils, a couple candles, bath salts and sugar scrub, some bubble bath, a small bag of river rocks (for a hot stone massage) and a scalp massager (those weird spider-looking things with the handles…) I made the oils, scrub, salts and candles; the bubble bath was some we had from the kids. I got the river rocks at the Dollar Tree a while back and the scalp massager in the Target dollar section a few months ago, although it was $3, not $1. Still totally worth it.
– Information Cover Page
I taped this page to each envelop and used a highlighter to indicate the appropriate option for that date. Things I included were
– Whether the date was at home or out of the house, so we can decide if we want a night out or a night in.
– Whether we needed specific weather for the date – mini golfing in February… uh, no.
– Whether it was something we could do with our boys or if we need to get a sitter. Sometimes, a sitter just isn’t available. We are lucky enough to live close to grandma (and free babysitting), but it isn’t always an option.
– How much more money the date was estimated to cost. We can choose a date that fits our budget and enjoy it without worrying that we will be breaking the bank.
– If there is prior preparation that needs to be done and how long it will take to do. Fondue night may require a little grocery shopping before hand.
– How long the date will last. If we have all day, a long date is no big deal. But, if we only have an hour or two, we don’t have to worry so much about cutting our date short. It’s already planned to help us keep our schedule.
– And a spot for other info. For the most part, I left this blank.